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DODDS-Europe athletes of the week, Sept. 15

Here are 10 standout athletes from last weekend’s football, volleyball and tennis action:

Football

Roger Brownell, Ansbach: The senior’s contributions to Saturday’s rout of Naples were legion: 16 rushes for 162 yards and two touchdowns; a 25-yard touchdown catch; 231 total yards, including a 44-yard kickoff return; five tackles, tied for the team’s best; and a fumble recovery.


David Vidovic, Hohenfels: The reigning Stars and Stripes football athlete of the year resumed his assault on DODDS-Europe history with a 291-yard, five-touchdown effort in a win over Al-conbury on Saturday.

Top 5 Europe weekend prep football games

Here are the five most compelling DODDS-Europe football games of the coming weekend:

Vicenza at Aviano: A matchup between these two Italian neighbors is always an event on any surface of play, but this one is of particular interest. Vicenza is coming off a playoff appearance, Aviano an encouraging opening-weekend rout of ISB. One of these confident teams will be reflecting on a loss come Sunday.

Naples at Ansbach: The Cougars developed into a heavy favorite to at least reach last year’s championship game, and their failure to do so might make them even tougher this year. They certainly looked that way in blasting AFNORTH in week one.

Patch at Kaiserslautern: The host Raiders will spend the first two weeks of their regular season under their beloved home-field Friday-night lights, an experience few other DODDS-Europe teams can offer. Next week’s visit from defending champ Wiesbaden is the flashier of the two games, but the playoff-tested Panthers are no pushover.

Menwith Hill/Woodham at SHAPE: Despite the Spartans’ depleted state, a win over a signature Division II program would be a fine way for DODDS-Europe’s newest entry to debut. It will be interesting to see just what the amalgamation of tiny Menwith Hill and the increasingly solid Woodham program has wrought.

Rota at Baumholder: The Bucs were impressive in a season-opening loss to Bitburg last weekend, and the undermanned team will now look to even its season record against a more comparable opponent. But the disciplined and experience Admirals might offer more resistance than expected.

Honorable mention

Hohenfels at Alconbury; Wiesbaden at Lakenheath: Both DODDS-Europe defending champions debut as heavy favorites against non-playoff teams. But the long trips across the Channel, new coaches for both the Dragons and Lancers, and the pressures of defending a title are all factors that might swing these projected routs.

5 things learned at Vilseck football camp

The Vilseck Falcons are deep at running back this year, with three or four players who could feasibly start. Here, the team practices simple run plays during a practice held at Vilseck, Sept. 2, 2014.

Another in a series of looks at high school football camps around Europe.

Five things learned from observing a practice at Vilseck:

5 things learned from Naples football camp

Another in a series of looks at high school football camps around Europe.

Five things gathered from the start of Naples football practice:

5 things learned at Hohenfels football camp

The Hohenfels Tiger defense looks to be in midseason form already, as they swarm Sean Williams during a preseason practice, Aug. 25, 2014.

Another in a series of looks at high school football camps around Europe.

Five things learned from the Hohenfels football camp:

5 things learned from Vicenza football camp

Vicenza's Thomas Vinton tries to escape a tackle from Bezzy Calunggay Aug. 25, 2014, during football practice at Vicenza, Italy.

Another in a series of looks at football camps around Europe.

Five things learned at a high school football practice at Vicenza:

5 things learned from Wiesbaden football camp

Wiesbaden Warriors coach Steve Jewell works with his team in the first week of practice on Friday, Aug. 15. The Warriors lost a large part of their 2013 Championship team with the graduation of 20 Seniors from last years squad. However, Jewell remains optimistic mainly due to the return of nine key starters from last year's team, to include All-European CJ Pridgeon and Tim Cuthbert.

Another in a series of looks at high school football practices around Europe.

Five things gathered from the start of Wiesbaden Warriors football practice:

5 things learned from Ansbach football camp

Coach Marcus George gives some early season pointers to his team during a practice session, Aug. 23, 2014. George is heading up the Ansbach Cougar coaching staff that he said is the best heÕs ever worked with.

Another in a series of looks at high school football camps around Europe.

Five things learned from attending an Ansbach preseason football practice:

5 things learned from Lakenheath football camp

Another in a series of looks at high school football camps around Europe.

Five things learned at a Lakenheath football practice:

5 things learned from Ramstein football camp

Another in a series of looks at high school football camps around Europe.

Five things learned from watching the Royals prepare for the upcoming season:

 
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Gregory Broome is an experienced and accomplished community sports journalist. Officially a native of Iowa, Broome grew up a Department of Defense dependent at sites all over the United States and Germany.


He finally settled in Florida, earning a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Central Florida.

Broome began his journalism career in in 2004 as a sports writer for the Ocala Star-Banner in Ocala, Fla., covering high school, college and community sports and earning recognition for his work from the Florida Press Club. In 2009 Broome was named the first sports information director at College of Central Florida, an NJCAA member school, where he launched the program's website and social media pages and revamped its promotional and game-day operations.

Broome joined Stars and Stripes in October of 2012.


Contact

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Twitter: @broomestripes

Phone: DSN 583-9301; Civ 0631-3615-9301

 

Broome on AFN

 

Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome talks about the Europe sports scene on AFN Radio. (Click on right arrow to play file)

 

Mar. 31: Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome highlights the weekend's coverage with Naples' success on multiple fields to include soccer, softball and baseball.

Mar. 24: Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome talks about the DODDS-Europe spring sports season highlighting soccer, softball and baseball.

Feb. 24: Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome rounds up Saturday’s six DODDS-Europe basketball championship games, including a classic Division I duel between Wiesbaden and Patch.